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The War of the Worlds

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The War of the Worlds

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Shortly after astronomers observe explosions on the surface of Mars, meteor-like objects begin crashing into Earth. Martians emerge from their craters in large tripods, wiping out army units with heat-rays as they roam the English countryside. When the order is given to evacuate London, all seems lost. But there is one minor detail that the Martians did not plan for. H. G. Wells is credited with the popularisation of time travel in 1895 with The Time Machine, introducing the idea of time being the “fourth dimension” a decade before the publication of Einstein’s first Relativity papers. In 1896, he imagined a mad scientist creating human-like beings from animals in The Island of Doctor Moreau, which created a growing interest in animal welfare throughout Europe. In 1897 with The Invisible Man, Wells shows how a formula could render one invisible, recognizing that an invisible eye would not be able to focus, thus rendering the invisible man blind. With The War of the Worlds in 1898, Wells established the idea that an advanced civilization could live on Mars, popularising the term ‘martian’ and the idea that aliens could invade Earth.
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Sense of future not promisedThe story often thrilling is under scored by a genuine fear that over takes the reader of a future that promises nothing when all human efforts is expunged by forces we have no say. Only by the most minute elements of our nature made by the Creator saves us. When all that is lost is suddenly given back do we have the sense of all we over looked in life is now seen differently. War of the Worlds is more than a thrilling story of invasion but rather an insight to ourselves.5ClassicWhat a great book and it s a lot different than what you see in the movies that have been based on it. The style of writing is a lot easier to read than many of Wells s contemporaries so you can really get into the story without stumbling over a lot of archaic prose. The story itself is super imaginative considering the time period it was written in, but so were the rest of Wells s writings. He was probably a fascinating person to talk to. I m not going to give a synopsis of of the book because I m sure everybody else has and there s one in the book description anyway, but I really recommend this book to any age group over 10. Enjoy it!5Ok retelling of a classic storyA classic scifi story, WOTW gets better everytime I read it. I've started reading every 2 years or so at Mars' opposition. That's the best time to view Mars through a telescope. Fortunately, I've never seen any evidence of cannon blasts I gave the recording four stars because the story is timeless, but this particular recording is not a favorite. The narrator seems to mumble and does not have a lot of expression in the reading. I've not shared this recording with anyone else because I am afraid of boring them with the reading. I guess maybe it's supposed to sound like a stuffy 19th century upper class Englishman. It does but sounds more like someone reading a newspaper out loud rather than someone telling a story. It's ok, but I hope a more lively performance is done someday....4Legendary London and Martian invaders. So perfect in the AmazonClassics edition.(The following paragraph is my explanation about why the AmazonClassics edition is extraordinary. You can skip to the other paragraph for the review of the proper book)Kindle books are meant to mirror the experience of reading books in paper, on kindle e-readers at least. After seventeen books read in the AmazonClassics series I have to say that Amazon not only matched the experience but they have surpassed it, it would be lovely if other publishers would imitate the format of these Amazon classic editions. Usually kindle books include editorial footnotes, introductions, studies among others that, although useful, tend to spoil the adventure to discover by oneself a classic book, in some cases the editorial footnotes don't explain some things and in other cases are rather interruptions of known meanings. In AmazonClassics edition all those studies and footnotes are replaced by X-Ray, the built-in dictionary and, in extreme case with a Wikipedia search. The most relieving benefit is that the book is pure. You can check the X-Ray data only when needed. For the War of the Worlds to me, ignorant of urban names in England, was quite important to know the distance in metric system of the mentioned places to the center of London and get a grasp of the urgency of the threats; and getting explanations of the militar devices and transportation of the end of 19th century. Inversely if I were a Londoner I wouldn't need to consult that data, but as the X-Ray function is hidden text it would not disturbe the reading. It's perfect.What a story! To talk about The War of the Worlds is to talk about a complex attack of a civilization that feels so alien and, even today, technological and evolutionarily advanced; more than one century later humanity cannot make the amazing Martian machines. The militar and technological characteristics of the British Empire and London, the biggest and most amazing city in the 19th century, are so fantastic too, in a grade whose intensity I have never felt with steampunk fantasies, in great part due to be real technology. I took more days than intended in reading this book because I got to investigate how were, among others, the heliographs, the trucks of the age, the steam-driven vehicles. Wells prepare well the nature of the conflict: beings that (similar to us with internet :S) have relegated the sensations to external devices, their destruction is almost an intellectual task, without kindness but without wanton cruelty too. In the side of humans London is a militar machine that was, in that moment, dominating the world. London fights till the end, the vast city turns into a hell of war. The quality of Wells as a writer is shown not only in the imagination of the science fiction world, but also in the character development. In one part the unnamed protagonist is struggling to go back where his wife, but he feels angry without knowing why. It could be that he is angry to be risking his life in search of her; but actually is maybe angriness against himself, because that risk was due for not paying ear to his wife in the first place. The characters are human and have different strengths and weaknesses. The plot is narrated from the future, as a memory of bad days, but it is not predictable, because if there is a win it seems to be not human. Even in one point this human defeat seems the origin of the dystopia in "The Time Machine." Maybe you already know the story but I will not spoil it. Is the product of a powerful and cultivated imagination. Reading it has made me appreciate even more the Steven Spielberg version in the cine. I think it is quite respectful of the essence of the book as it represents many aspects and emotions from the book.5Vanguard for its timeHard to believe elements of the story were conceived in the 19th century - just a few years after invention of the light bulb. Wells imagines robots, lasers, chemical weapons, indiscriminate warfare, panic human exodus, and wide spread human crisis.5Tiny, tiny print!This review is for this version of the book not the story. This is the second novel I have ordered through Amazon that is horrible published. The print is EXTREMELY tiny and difficult to read, with tight spacing. Chapters are merely seperated by double spacing and all caps. There is no enjoyment in trying to read such a poorly printed book. Returned!2Solid readI have enjoyed a lot of HG Wells, and this is no exception. This holds up well as a story, even after over 120 years. While it is a "period piece" in that there are references that are specific to the time it was written, the story is not dependent on being intimately familiar with London of that age.The characters are compelling and the action is at times intense, and certainly moves along. Wells does a great job diving into human nature and making a story that while is doesn't ring as fact, it rings as plausible in the circumstances.Certainly worth the time to read on the beach or while relaxing on a cruise...4A Fun Sci-Fi Read For Non-Sci-Fi FansI purchased this book as required reading for an English course, and had it not been for that class I probably would never have given this book a second look. First and foremost, I am not generally a science fiction fan. My prefered genres are mystery and historical fiction. I also have many classic books on my personal shelf, including books that were published contemporaneously with "War of the Worlds." Given my love of reading, I am somewhat surprised I have not read this book before now, but space alien invaders are generally not high on my list. BOY, am I glad I had to read this book!H. G. Wells' story of the native creatures attempting to lay waste to the Earth is a fun, fast read. If I had sat down on an afternoon with no interruptions, I probably could have finished the book in about 4 hours. As it was, I read it in a couple of sessions over a couple of days, but I still felt like I didn't spend a lot of time in this book. Wells' first-person narration is an excellent vehicle for putting the reader right in the heart of the action.I did find, as I was reading this, that I sort of wished I had a map of contemporary England to reference. Much of the narration involves, "I walked from [here] to [there]," and without knowledge of the land or distances, it sort of misses for the modern reader. Granted, at the time Wells was writing, most of his readers would have been intimately familiar with these names and places, so it would have been another link toward the realism of the book. Unfortunately, without that knowledge, I feel like it is hard to judge time passage in the book, as the modern reader may have difficulty grasping how long it would take to get from point A to point B.Aside from that one caveat, I really enjoyed this book. The twist Wells put at the end - the Earth, at its most basic, taking care of mankind and defending itself against those who would do it harm - resonates in a time of global warming. If Wells' Earth can take care of us, shouldn't we return the favor?5A great audiobookI grew up with the original black and white movie so I was very familiar with the story when the Tom Cruise version came out later which was also a great update. But knowing these didn't prepare me for hearing the classic tale taking which takes place at the turn of the 20th century/late 19th. Well worth your time.5Diferent storuline, and too many extra details.I read the book itself many years ago when i was younger. The book was great, fantastic even, i liked it so much that i read it in one week while in school. The Audio book however is another story altogether. This particular "version" of the legendary story has too many extra details added that instead of adding to the plot in a positive way it makes it boring. I was into it, maybe in the 3rd chapter when i started noticing many little parts that where not in the original story. The audio book is OK, if you like a massive amount of details, if not, stick with the original.3
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